Bristol City manager Derek McInnes says he is experiencing the "toughest spell" of his career so far.
The Championship outfit have failed to win in their last six games and sit just one place above the drop zone.
The Scotsman, who has been in charge since October, told BBC Radio Bristol: "It's my toughest spell as a manager, it's not enjoyable at the moment.
"There's things that will help us get out of this situation and hard work is one of them."
He continued: "I've never been shy of that and I'm sure the players just need reminding of how to go and win a game, which is similar to when I first came in."
After a four-year spell with St Johnstone, the former West Brom and Rangers midfielder was appointed at Ashton Gate following the sacking of Keith Millen.
At the time, they were rock bottom with just six points from 10 games.
McInnes' arrival had an immediate impact and he lead the Robins away from the relegation battle, although they have since slipped back down and now lie just three points off the danger zone.
"When we went on that run we became a tough team to play against and at the same time we had the cutting edge at the top of the pitch," he added.
"Shipping cheap goals is the biggest drainer of confidence and we've done that of late. Only getting results will bring that confidence back again."